Howard City 150th History with Rich and Cheryl Pease. 

Howard City is a village located in Montcalm County, Michigan, in the United States.  The area where Howard City is situated was originally inhabited by the Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) Native American tribes. The first European settlers arrived in the mid-1800s, drawn to the region by its timber and fertile soil. The village was named after Judge Jonathan Howard, who was instrumental in securing a railroad line that passed through the area.

In 1868, the Grand Rapids and Indiana Railroad established a station in the village, leading to increased settlement and economic growth. The railroad allowed for the transportation of timber, agricultural products, and passengers, contributing to the village’s development.

Howard City was officially incorporated as a village in 1883. Throughout its early years, the village relied heavily on the lumber industry, with sawmills and other related businesses flourishing. The abundance of timber in the area played a significant role in the local economy.

As the timber resources dwindled, the village transitioned into an agricultural community, with farming becoming a prominent industry. This shift helped sustain the local economy, and Howard City continued to grow as a rural community.

Over time, the village has expanded its infrastructure, including the establishment of schools, churches, and various businesses to serve the needs of its residents. Today, Howard City remains a small but vibrant community, known for its friendly atmosphere and rural charm.

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